TRANSITIONING TO THE KINGDOM OF THE HEAVENS
APOSTASY IN THE FENWAY CONGREGATION
December 4, 2014
To those who have followed our Roxbury brother’s trials as explained in Apostasy in the Fenway Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Roxbury, Massachusetts, and Apostasy in Fenway Congregation - Part II, we have an update.
We were informed that our dear brother received a letter from the local Branch Office, who refers to themselves as the “Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses”, affirming the decision of his body of elders to disfellowship him for apostasy:
1. Because he believes what Jesus said at John 6:53-56 that all Christians must eat and drink of him in order to gain life or a resurrection; and
2. Because he does not agree with each and every thing the Governing Body teaches.
The response appears to be a form letter as it contains no explanation of why believing John 6:53-56 constitutes apostasy, nor does it address any of the other issues he raised in his appeal letters. Of course, the letter was unsigned.
This was not a surprise at all to us or to our brother. His decision to appeal his disfellowshiping was not for the purpose of preventing a disfellowshiping, but rather to give as thorough a witness as possible before he officially leaves the Watchtower organization. Already, we know that there are those in his congregation and in his family who are beginning to open their eyes to the “truth” about the anti-Christ position of many in leadership roles in the Watchtower organization.
Our brother is doing fine and is eager to get on with his spiritual life in the ministry of reconciliation and drawing persons to the Father through Christ Jesus, not through an organization. (2 Corinthians 5:18-20) He wrote:
“I shed no more tears over the Watchtower organization. Without malice or anger I do feel they are the Devil’s jewel in the crown. When they have been exposed and the sons among Jehovah’s Witnesses stand up courageously, then the Devil’s crown will crumble to ashes.”
We also want to commend this brother for openly taking a stand for his hope and his beliefs, publicly defending it when he was called upon to do so, as the Apostle Peter encouraged:
“But sanctify the Christ as Lord in your hearts, always ready to make a defense before everyone who demands of you a reason for the hope you have, but doing so with a mild temper and deep respect.”
– 1 Peter 3:15
Jesus told his followers that many would be called upon to make a defense of their beliefs before various authorities:
“Be on your guard against men, for they will hand you over to local courts and they will scourge you in their synagogues. And you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a witness to them and the nations. However, when they hand you over, do not become anxious about how or what you are to speak, for what you are to speak will be given you in that hour; for the ones speaking are not just you, but it is the spirit of your Father that speaks by you.”
– Matthew 10:17-20
Unfortunately, such faith is not the possession of all people as was sadly demonstrated in the case of Gerrit Losch, a member of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. When recently summoned to testify under oath about the teachings and policies of the Watchtower organization, he flatly refused to do so. He had no faith in Jesus’ promise that what he was to say would ‘be given to him in that hour.’ Instead, he filed with the court a declaration dated February 4, 2014, stating on the one hand that he is a member of “the highest ecclesiastical authority for the faith of Jehovah’s Witnesses,” but, on the other hand, denying that he has anything to do with Watchtower policies.
Rather than being the words of a faith son of God, Gerrit Losch’s response remind us more of the three times Peter denied the Christ. (Luke 22:54-62) Notice how Losch denied the Watchtower organization under oath:
Denial #1: “I do not answer to the Watchtower."
Denial #2: "I do not have, and never have had, any authority as an individual to make or determine corporate policy for Watchtower or any department of Watchtower."
Denial #3: "Watchtower does not have, and never has had, any authority over me.”
We wonder what would have happened to our dear brother if he had told the elders that the Watchtower does not have and never has had any authority over him. Clearly a double standard for the Governing Body and further evidence of their cowardice and refusal to stand up for the beliefs they force upon others.
We are certain that in time as these, and other matters come to light, and the members of the Governing expose their true character publicly and in their new television program, more and more Jehovah’s Witnesses will wake up and shake the shackles off. By way of this ministry, we are hoping to provide support and encouragement to these awaking men and women and to show them that, as promised, the Father will take them in as his sons and daughters:
“‘Therefore, get out from among them, and separate yourselves,’ says Jehovah, ‘and quit touching the unclean thing’”; “‘and I will take you in.’” “‘And I will become a father to you, and you will become sons and daughters to me,’ says Jehovah, the Almighty.”
– 2 Corinthians 6:17-18
To all loyal faith sons of the Father, know that the heavens stand at the ready in supplying strength to your individual displays of faith and courage. You do not need to fear being hailed before ignorant men, fleshly minded men, for they have no authority to kill either the body or the soul (Matthew 10:28), and certainly no authority to interfere with your relationship with the Father and Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 1:24) The exemplary actions taken by our brothers around the world indeed goes well with them and is never forgotten nor shall their value perish by time. Many Sons are standing their ground in many lands, some will have struggles and persecutions that vary in method and intensity, but fear not you faithful, for your reward is great in the heavens.
“Happy are you when people reproach you and persecute you and lyingly say every sort of wicked thing against you for my sake. Rejoice and be overjoyed, since your reward is great in the heavens, for in that way they persecuted the prophets prior to you.”
– Matthew 5:11-12
These types of inquisitions and expulsions will prove to be the pivotal point that sets your feet on the road to life eternal and greater opportunities in new fields of service to further the message of Christ Jesus. Remain busy in working what is good toward all of your brothers and all those rightly disposed to the true good news of sonship and the heavenly career, and remember at all times to whom you belong.
As we enter 2015, we will be introducing new ways to reach out in the ministry so that those who make the decision to leave the authority of the Watchtower organization will have a real ministry and a true fellowship of like believers. So please stay tuned.
Consider it all joy, dear brothers and sisters, whatever it costs to bring heaven down, and bring the sons up! May the Father bless us all! And, of course, we welcome your comments.